Ultimately Transformers 3 suffers from pacing issues, which could be a result of Bay's auteur-ambission clashing with a studio system-template for traditional film lengths. The final act - a stunning 50 minute set piece in Chicago - features some of the best camera work Bay has ever done, heightened by the signature score. Yet those first two acts are so laborious and tonally confused the end result suffers greatly
I practically killed myself working on this and it's a mess of a film. But some of the shots are offff the hooook. The "portal beam in the sky" and the alien invasion of the city were shamelessly recycled with virtually no change for Avengers and Battleship. But from a vfx art direction angle, the cgi really inhabits the filmed plate which gives it a raw kineticism and that's what Michael Bay is contributing here.
It's quite possible that with Witwicky and the Autobots aligned with the programs and awards of the Obama administration, that the Decepticons become positioned with older administrations. The insidious return of Cybertron becomes the hovering shadow of Republican party dominance. Quite fascinating, especially since Witwicky's Presidential commendation is constantly overlooked by previous administration officials.
http://youtu.be/JCjn01_RCPc The sequels already take the same beats as the first film but when you promise things will improve over "Revenge of the Fallen"... well it's only slightly improved and it's still not really saying much. We still have the overtones, we still have a pansy military, a blow-up doll, not enough time with the bots and Shia LaBeouf with his current reputation and what he did is pretty much DONE.